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Vintage
2014
Nobile

2014 Nobile
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 56% Syrah 44%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.3
Alcohol
14.3
Cases Produced
275
Opt Consumption
2017-2027
Cooperage
44% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 18 – Oct 10, 2014
Bottling Date
Apr 2016
Release Date
Nov 2017

Nobile is Montemaggiore's own special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from our estate vineyards. Every year the exact blend varies slightly—56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Syrah in 2014—but the synergy between these two varietals always produces an elegant, age-worthy wine.

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2014 Vintage
This was a classic year for Montemaggiore wines with moderate summer temperatures and relatively dry skies at harvest. A dry spring awoke the grapes early from their winter dormancy, and then late spring rains led to rapid growth. Temperatures were moderate in early summer, but cooled in August thus slowing down ripening. Harvest started a couple weeks early on average—all at moderate sugar levels with the desired flavors and intensity.

Winemaker's Goal
With the Nobile blend, Cabernet's strengths (structure, ageability, and depth) are combined with syrah's strengths (breadth of flavors, soft tannins)—thereby yielding a wine that's appealing fruit aromas, easy to drink young or aged, and a lot of complexity to keep you sipping! More on Nobile Winemaking

Tasting Notes
The 2014 Nobile features enticing aromas of brambly blackberry, black cherry and espresso along with hints of cocoa and dried herbs. On the palate, its structure is classic mouth-filling Cabernet, balancing power and elegance, with a smooth and luscious finish.
Winemaking Notes
The Cabernet and Syrah were hand-harvested, and each was fermented separately to accentuate its strengths: the structured complexity of the Cabernet and spicy berry flavors of the Syrah. Two different lots of Cabernet and two of Syrah underwent short cold soaks with a fermentation periods ranging from 14-21 days. After a gentle pressing in a stainless steel basket press in order to limit astringency, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 44% of which were new. The wine was blended in August 2015, and bottled after barrel aging for 19 months.

Food Pairings
Being a balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine goes well with the dishes that traditionally go well with each varietal.  

Nobile pairs well with a grilled steak, braised short ribs, grilled sausage, roasted squash, braised lamb shanks, and polenta with grilled portobellos.

Consider our recipe for osso buco.

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Other Vintages
Montemaggiore has been producing Nobile, a Cabernet-Syrah blend since our inception in 2002, although from 2002-2004 it was called Superiore.  

 
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 56% Syrah 44%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.3
Alcohol
14.3
Cases Produced
275
Opt Consumption
2017-2027
Cooperage
44% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 18 – Oct 10, 2014
Bottling Date
Apr 2016
Release Date
Nov 2017